Today’s Girls, Tomorrow’s Leaders

“Girl Scouts has offered me so many opportunities to challenge myself, help others, and invest in people’s lives.”

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They’re the embodiment of the Girl Scout mission: GSGLA Emerging Leader Girl Scouts display courage, confidence, and character and are making the world a better place. Not only that, they exemplify extraordinary leadership skills. At the 2016 ToGetHerThere Luncheon, we celebrated the accomplishments of these amazing girls, along with more than 600 business and civic leaders from across Greater LA—and addressed the state of girls’ and women’s leadership. Prior to the luncheon, the girls received advice and exchanged ideas with many of these leaders during minute-mentoring sessions.

We spoke with a couple Emerging Leaders to get their perspective on the unique opportunities afforded to them: Senior Girl Scout Peyton A. (below left) of Troop 4645 and Ambassador Girl Scout (and GSGLA National Young Women of Distinction nominee) Kaitlyn T. (below right) of Troop 11705. The girls have different opinions and views, but ultimately agree—the Emerging Leader program has been a thoroughly rewarding one.

How would you describe your Emerging Leader experience?
Peyton: Very inspiring and honoring. I learned so many wonderful tips on how to succeed in my future as well as how to earn respect in the workplace.
Kaitlyn: Amazing. There were so many opportunities for us between the minute-mentoring sessions, the luncheon, and networking times to meet and talk to professionals from all over Los Angeles. I feel super honored to have been given the opportunity to attend this great event.

Kaitlyn (to the right of GSGLA CEO Lise L. Luttgens) and other Emerging Leaders at the ToGetHerThere Luncheon.

What was the most valuable part of ToGetHerThere?
Kaitlyn: The minute-mentoring sessions where I got to meet women business leaders and professionals and learn about their different experiences in the workforce. It was encouraging to meet women who are ready and willing to be mentors to the young women in our country—an often-overlooked group.
Peyton: I loved hearing about all of the different mentors’ life and career journeys—they each gave me a piece of advice that I can definitely put to use during the rest of my Girl Scout career and as I enter the workforce in a few years.

Peyton, about to receive her Emerging Leader pin from a luncheon guest at her table.

What’s the most important piece of advice you received?
Peyton: Persevere and don’t give up, no matter how hard or long the journey may seem; you will get there and accomplish your goal eventually, sometimes it just takes time.
Kaitlyn: Find a mentor who can help navigate me through the workforce. Not only do I have to work hard, but I also have to have people invested in my life who are willing to help me.

How do you think you’ll apply what you’ve learned as an Emerging Leader in the future?
Kaitlyn: I think I’ll apply what I learned from Emerging Leaders not just after college but in the near future as well. I hope to start making life-long relationships with people willing to invest in me and help me succeed in my professional journey.
Peyton: In my future, I can definitely apply this advice—when you’re working with a group of people, you might have to adapt your teaching or communication styles a little in order to work more effectively with others.

Our 2016 ToGetHerThere Champion, Karen Ideno of Toyota Financial Services.

How has Girl Scouts made an impact on your life?
Peyton: Girl Scouts has taught me how to plan and manage big events, how to act and communicate in professional settings, and has given me a sense of community and sisterhood in my troop over the past nine years of being a Girl Scout.
Kaitlyn: Girl Scouts has offered me so many opportunities to challenge myself, help others, and invest in people’s lives. It has taught me to not only find ways to help out in the community but to take initiative and address issues. I’m so thankful to be given an opportunity to be a Girl Scout—something that not all girls in our world are able to have—and know that I’ll be involved in this great organization for the rest of my life.

Thank you to Peyton and Kaitlyn for sharing your experiences! To learn more about the Emerging Leader program, click here. To get details on ToGetHerThere, the largest fundraising campaign for girls in history, click here.

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